Consistent expectation and clear vision. Aren't those words currently used to define how a leader should behave if they want to inspire and develop a strong corporate culture?
Last night I watched the movie Coach Carter yet another time; why? I'm a sucker for the underdog movie. I like stories where the path to success comes from the heart and is fueled by determination and investment. In an underdog story, the passion, determination and grit demonstrated by one or more individuals creates change and forms bonds that generate results. I also love characters that are willing to forge their own path to create a desired outcome. Characters with texture, the type of texture that is acquired by getting bruises when they take risks and fail. Strong leaders rebounding from their set backs, learn from their mistakes, adapt their pursuit and stay steadfast to the goal.
Each time I watch the movie I look forward to the scene where character Timo Cruz's passionately states, .
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. Sir I just wanna say thank you...you saved my life."
Change is rarely as profound as in the movies. Change is usually measured in steps that often occur without notice or fanfare. However over time, leaders in our daily lives do inspire us to shine. We thrive when we are in an environment that allows us to grow, change and reach our potential.
What do you respect most in leadership?
Some of the qualities that inspire me to push past my fears and shine include:
- Leaders who want input from others
- Leaders that build trust
- Leaders that row the boat together like partners and teammates.
- Leaders that recognize and reward others- giving credit where it's due
- Leaders put a spotlight on others
- Leaders that are not afraid to ask hard questions and accept difficult feedback
- Leaders that own up to their mistakes and apologize
Do you have a leader that inspires you to shine?
Consider telling them thanks or writing them a note of appreciation.